If you’re reading this, you probably know I run a death pool. The new season starts Jan. 1, and you should send me your picks my then. It cost $10, and the rules are simple:
1.00 point if they die, plus a 0.01 bonus for each year under the age of 90 they are. (example: Estelle Getty died last year at age 85. Therefore, she was worth 1.05 points).
Most points at the end of the year gets the loot.
You should join. Here’s why:
#1 – It’s NOT sick and twisted. Death is a part of life, and we pretend to care when we really don’t by saying things like “oh, how sad” when someone dies.
#2 – It’s no different than any other gambling. In sports, some team loses. You don’t feel bad for the team you bet against, do you? What about horse racing? The horses are racing so you can gamble, and getting hit with a stick/whip. No one’s whipping these celebrities (Ok, except maybe Carmen Electra). They don’t know we are gambling on them so who cares?
#3 – You’re not rooting for your picks to die, you’re rooting for everyone else’s picks to live.
#4 – Conversation! Instead of “oh, how sad” you can say “Hey, I saw that one coming!” and know you moved up the standings. Or “Did anyone else have him?” Most of you probably follow along with celebrities relationships. Just add their health to the mix!
#5 – It’s a ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day. One person said “I can’t tell you how close I was to taking Red Auerbach in the Pool – but then I decided that if he really died I would feel bad. Now I realize that he died anyway and I don’t have any points to show for it.”
Totally join, by Jan.1. It’s only $10. For more info, plus my email address click the Death Pool tab at the top of this page (or for the lazy, this link)